Control Pattern Injuries in Fatal Fixed-Wing General Aviation Accidents

Injuries caused by impact forces transmitted through aircraft controls during aircraft crashes are referred to as control pattern injuries (CPIs). CPIs are helpful in accident investigation and reconstruction. This study compares differences in CPIs for pilots and passengers involved in fatal general aviation crashes. Number, location, and type of CPIs were analyzed using crash data collected from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (FAA-CAMI). Results showed that proportional differences seem to exist between pilots and passengers for several specific CPIs, and therefore use of this information during crash reconstruction may help in ascertaining the pilot in control of the aircraft at the time of impact.


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  • Accession Number: 01529269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2014 4:35PM